PARANORMALCY is such a fresh read -- and this is coming from somebody who doesn't mind cuss words or . . .steamy scenes in YA -- and the plot is new aPARANORMALCY is such a fresh read -- and this is coming from somebody who doesn't mind cuss words or . . .steamy scenes in YA -- and the plot is new and unique to me.
This book is epic. Way epic. Mind blowing, in fact. Although it's a pretty good sized book (I have it on my shelf next to MOCKINGJAY and CATCHING FIRE, and it looks to be the same length) it's a fast read. I read this book in three hours. I had to take it to dinner with me it was so good.
Evie is a sixteen year old girl who bags and tags paranormal creatures for IPCA. She thinks she's normal. . .or well wishes she was. She has an obsession with lockers. And Easton Heights. And pink.
But it doesn't stop there; she's epically cool. Who else can wear boots while tasing vampires? Exactly.
And even though this is a trilogy, this is its own story. The plot ties up so perfectly! For those who love fast reads (and awesome characterizations!) but don't want to wait a year until the sequel (although you will want it to be Fall 2011) because of a cliffhanger, PICK UP PARANORMALCY NOW. Seriously. It's that good....more
I read this book in four hours, it is that good. I couldn't put it down - since I usually read for fifteen minutes before bed, I read for an hour evenI read this book in four hours, it is that good. I couldn't put it down - since I usually read for fifteen minutes before bed, I read for an hour even though before I went to bed I was falling asleep at my keyboard. I am amazed with this book; I love how Maggie used sensory details to describe Grace, Sam, and the woods. (I'm all for using sensory details.)
There was one part in the book where I thought Grace didn't act like she did in the rest of the book. Grace is mature, grownup because her parents aren't around, and yet in that one scene she acted like a teenager. One whose parents gave her everything, and were there for her. It was just one slip-up, so I can get over it. I just hope in LINGER, Grace doesn't have a scene where she acts like that.
Now...I can't wait for LINGER. Seriously, people, if you're into YA paranormal, I highly suggest reading this. Heck, even paranormal writers (Both YA and Adult) should read this book. ...more
Such an addicting book! I think I’ve found a new addiction while waiting for the third Hex Hall book, even though the sequel doesn’t come out until SeSuch an addicting book! I think I’ve found a new addiction while waiting for the third Hex Hall book, even though the sequel doesn’t come out until September. (Anybody have an ARC they want to send me? *G*)
I like the Romeo and Juliet aspect of this book. It heated a lot of things up, if you know what I mean. (Jacinda, the main character, is a fire breather ‘dragon.’) I also liked the mythology behind this book. Drakis are dragon descended creatures, who can appear as humans.
And Will—oh, my god. Let’s talk about bad boys and how hot they are.
Oh, wait, reviewing.
Will and Jacinda’s relationship doesn’t develop until later on in the book and it’s torture, absolute torture, they don’t do anything in the beginning of the book. I wanted to scream for them to kiss. And when they do?
Fantastic. Just… wonderful.
This book is one you need to read right away if you haven’t yet. If you love romances and paranormal, this is a book you need to run out and buy right away. The ending is torture (talk about your cliffhangers!) but I think it’s worth the risk of reading it before all three are out. I know I will be rushing out to get Vanish when it hits shelves. ...more
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is a wonderful YA contemporary about being forced to live somewhere else (and go to school there) and falling in love with thANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is a wonderful YA contemporary about being forced to live somewhere else (and go to school there) and falling in love with the city . . . and the cute guy who lives a floor above you. I don't even know how to review this book -- it's SO good!
I love Anna's narrative -- it's witty, angst-y (like all teenage girls), and it's funny. I usually don't laugh out loud while reading books, but this book made me crack up a few times. (Especially when Etienne St. Clair said "Pants.")
And for St. Clair? Ohmygod, swoon-worthy. I loved that he's American with an English accent living in Paris. (All three of my favorite things!) And short. I don't know how short he is, but I think if I had my very own St. Clair, I wouldn't have to wear my boots with the 3 1/2 inch heels. And he has his flaws, as everyone does, but . . I just want my very own St. Clair.
Anna and St. Clair create a perfect story filled with funny bits, sad bits, and of course, romantic tension bits. My only problem is why didn't I pick this book up sooner? I suggest you read this book ASAP if you love contemporary romances. ...more
After I finished reading this book, I marked it "read" in Goodreads and put this in the review box: holy mindfuck. This book messes with your mind andAfter I finished reading this book, I marked it "read" in Goodreads and put this in the review box: holy mindfuck. This book messes with your mind and when you think you have things sorted out, Hodkin tosses it up again and you're left scrambling to find the exploded pieces of your brain.
When I think of Mara Dyer, a warm feeling comes over me. That's how vivid the setting is. It's set in Miami, and Hodkin describes it so well that even though it's cold as I write this review, I'm warm. I absolutely love the setting and want to reread Mara Dyer on a cold day to bask in the warmth of Miami.
Also to see if I could piece the clues together.
If you're wanting to read this book and you're the type of person to read the ending first, do not--I repeat DO NOT--read the ending first. It'll ruin the book for you.
The problem with reviewing this book is trying not to spoil it for you. It's such an interesting book to read when you have no idea what the hell it's about. Granted, I figured out the ending on page 50, but I didn't figure out all of the ending. Just one simple little piece. And it didn't ruin the reading pleasure for me; I still was scrambling for pieces of my mind when Hodkin decided to shake it up.
And Noah! How can I forget about Noah Shaw? I have one word: SWOON. I melt at the thought of Noah Shaw, and even though he is a jerk in the beginning, he's amazing once Mara (and readers!) get to know him. And I want to take him home with me. Hee.
If you ask me what genre The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is, I'll say a psychological paranormal thriller. Because there are paranormal elements (no paranormal creatures!), it is very psychological (my brain hurts thinking about it), and it's thrilling.
Do I recommend? Yes. I recommend this book to EVERYBODY. I don't care if you don't like paranormal or thrillers or whatever. You need to read this book. Everybody needs to read this book. ...more
I'm not posting a review because what can I really say that won't have some sort of spoil in it? I'm respecting Suzanne Collins' wish for nobody to spI'm not posting a review because what can I really say that won't have some sort of spoil in it? I'm respecting Suzanne Collins' wish for nobody to spoil Mockingjay -- but what I will tell you is grab the tissues, you're going to need them....more
Zombie Tag is cute and horrifyingly gut-wrenching. After reading Hannah Moskowitz’s YA titles(excludingThis review also appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.
Zombie Tag is cute and horrifyingly gut-wrenching. After reading Hannah Moskowitz’s YA titles(excluding her upcoming Gone, Gone, Gone) I’m thinking Hannah likes to write sad, depressing stories even though I’ve heard Gone, Gone, Gone is a happily-ever-after type of story. WELL. I’m like 100 pages into that one and I’m not happy that the animals are still gone, HANNAH.
Zombie Tag is Hannah’s debut middle grade and I think she writes wonderful middle grade. The voice is dead on. I loved it so, so much. What I love about middle grade is the voice and how it brings me back to my childhood. I mean, when I was in junior high it wasn’t the best ever. Junior high sucks. But I love reading middle grade. Especially when there’s zombies involved. *G*
Oh man, oh man, oh man. The zombies. THE WORLD. Zombies “exist” in this world—and by that I mean, like forty years ago there were zombies and then they all died and were piled onto each other which brings the question: what killed the zombies? And nobody talks about the zombies, so it’s not like the information is running around.
And besides zombies existing, other paranormal creatures do, too. Wil and Anthony’s dad work… uh, how can I say this… their specialty is paranormal creatures. And it’s really cool. I liked that.
The game zombie tag is so interesting. I want to round up a bunch of my friends and play it (the rules are in the back of the book, so he he he, I may just have to play zombie tag.) But what I liked was when Wil’s parents find out about, they FLIP. OUT. Because hello, back to the zombies dying all of the sudden. There’s some consequences to playing zombie tag. And that’s awesome.
If you’re looking for a fabulous MG to read, Zombie Tag is the book for you. Seriously. Go buy it. Right now. ...more
[Mind blowing. Will write review when I can think again.] Cross posted on A Gypsy Writer.
Oh. My. God. This book broke my brain. I recommend it to any[Mind blowing. Will write review when I can think again.] Cross posted on A Gypsy Writer.
Oh. My. God. This book broke my brain. I recommend it to anybody who loves a good family story. So that blurb up there? Totally wrong. I'm not kidding--sure, there are some romantic interests in here, but it's family orientated.
And it's told from a guy's POV. The cover thinks "fun, summer romance." (Well, it made me think that.) It's not; it's a my-family-is-dysfunctional-and-I-need-to-keep-them-together-while-we-go-on-vacation. Um, yeah. It's that type of book. But if you pick up this book thinking it's a nice summer romance? Sorry to crush your dreams, but it's not that type of book. I have no problem with the cover--I think it's awesome. Does it fit the story that well? Not really, but I think it will appeal to teenage boys, which is this book's audience. (And girls too!)
The first thing I said after finishing the book (to Hannah Moskowitz): I finished IS. I sorta hate for writing such a brilliant book. But I also love you for writing it. Good god.
It's not just brilliant, it's bloody brilliant. I felt as if I was there each summer, experiencing Chase's disasters. Each summer was better, if not more disastrous. I saw each character grow with the four summers. Chase was a bit naive the first summer--or as it's called in the book "15th Summer." He's fourteen at the beginning, I get it. He's going to have a lot of growth between the off seasons, and he does.
When the 16th summer rolls around, I noticed right away that Chase grew up. And. I. Freaking. Loved. It. I fell in love with THAT Chase. Even though the 17th and 18th summer Chases weren't bad either. I loved the 16th summer, and oddly enough it's the summer that Chase spends thinking about sex . . . and finally does it. Moskowitz does an excellent job with this summer, the sex scenes, and building up the tension (!!!) Okay, Moskowitz just goes well with this book. I thought it was brilliant, amazing, and can't wait for more. I wanted to re-read it after I finished it. Good job, Moskowitz! ::claps::
INVINCIBLE SUMMER did not read slow to me at all. Sometimes I did get up and walked away from the story, but I was reading it on my computer. I needed to give my eyes a rest! But I still finished this book around five hours. It's a quick read, may seem slow at first (to some), and some may need to grab a few tissues. Frankly, I didn't, but then again I'm a little cold-hearted. It's the biggest reason I gave it four stars; it did move me, but others have said they CRIED at the ending and I didn't. It's still a great book, just if I would have cried I probably would have rated it five stars. And . . . that's weird. I'm cold-hearted, okay?
I can't wait to read more of Moskowitz. INVINCIBLE SUMMER was my first book I've read, and I'm going to get BREAK as soon as I can. Maybe one of her books will make me cry. ...more
When I first saw this book, I figured it would be another werewolf book -- which I don't mind, actually. I love werewolf bookPosted at World of My Own
When I first saw this book, I figured it would be another werewolf book -- which I don't mind, actually. I love werewolf books, but this book? It is not a werewolf book.
"I'd always welcomed war, but in battle my passion rose unbidden" (Cremer, Nightshade -- 3).*
Calla Tor saved Shay Doran from a bear attack, when she wasn't suppose to -- she exposed her secret, and if any of The Keepers, who are the "masters" to The Guardians (who are the werewolves.), find out what she did, she could be killed.
Calla's also the alpha to her pack, the Nightshade pack. She also has to marry Ren Laroche on October 31, Samhain, and their packs will converge into one to protect what The Keepers are hiding.
Calla spends more time with Shay, and finds out what The Keepers are hiding. . .and what will happen on her wedding night. Somewhere in the process, she falls in love.
Cremer's debut is fantastic. . .it's packed with history, worldbuilding, suspense, and most of all. . .this book is WAY sexy! I can't wait for it to come out -- October 19th!
Also, when can I read the sequel? *g*
*Please note this is an ARC, and although the line I posted is the first line, it MAY change in the actual book....more
Personal Demons was a book I was scared to read. Some people loved it—and others not so much. The main theme why everybody hated it was the clichés; LPersonal Demons was a book I was scared to read. Some people loved it—and others not so much. The main theme why everybody hated it was the clichés; Luc and Gabe were very clichéd characters in their minds.
So I was reluctant to start this book. It was on my to-read list, I just hadn’t pushed myself to buy it. Then, one day on a whim, I downloaded the sample chapters onto my iPad… and couldn’t stop reading. I fell for it. I knew I had to have it. So I bought a paperback copy and even when it came, I put it aside.
Fast forward to labor day weekend 2011. I packed Personal Demons and headed to the mountains. I started reading where I left off, and the characters possessed me. I didn’t stop reading until I was done. Granted, it took me three days to finish reading because apparently to my family, when you camp you still have to work. (GRUMBLE. I WANTED TO READ.)
Aside from the addictiveness, I found Frannie and Luc’s voices similar at times. It was really toward the middle where I had a hard time remembering whose chapter/scene it was and had to flip back or scan the page to see if it was “Frannie says” or “Luc grabs my arm…” etc. Speaking of present tense, I never realized this book was in present tense! Every once in a while I would get distracted, turn to the page, and notice it was in present tense. Wow. That normally *never* happens.
The twists at the end = never saw them coming. I love that. I love it when a plot twist takes me by surprise—but I also like it when I figure out a plot twist way before it happens. It makes me feel smart for seeing the clues. But when they totally surprise me? Holy wow, I love it. I love this book and the world Lisa Desrochers has created.
Another thing that demotes the stars for this book for me: the love triangle. Guys, I love a good triangle, but it’s so fecking obvious who Frannie really likes and is going to end up with. And unless her feelings change in Original Sin, I don’t see how she can end up with anybody rather than you know who. And I don’t mean Voldemort. (I’m trying so hard not to spoil it right now.)
Do I recommend? Hell yes. This is such a fantastic read that I find it silly those people who find it too clichéd. There’s a reason behind that, and if you listened to the author, you would know that. This is one angel/demon book I’ll be pushing into people’s hands because it is amazing and doesn’t make me want to gouge out my eyes.
ANGELFIRE was absolutely STUNNING. I loved the world Moulton created, and Will, Ellie's guardian. *hearts Will* Their enCross posted on A Gypsy Writer
ANGELFIRE was absolutely STUNNING. I loved the world Moulton created, and Will, Ellie's guardian. *hearts Will* Their entire journey was great, and I stayed up just so I could finish it, which Moulton does a great job of wrapping it up. (NO cliffhanger! A real ending!)
Ellie is a warrior, the Preliator as all the reapers and Will call her. Nobody knows how she's able to be mortal and reincarnated, and use the power of angelfire. When she dies, it takes her time to come back, then she has to wait until she turns 17 and Will finds her. She doesn't remember any of this. She thinks she's human.
What I really loved about this book is that Ellie has a social life besides training to kill reapers. It's not just a fantasy book, it's an urban fantasy book. And it's not set in a big city, like New York City, but in Michigan.
The story is also another thing I loved. I wanted to know what Ellie was, more about Will (he's really mysterious. I love it.), and what Bastian's weapon is. And wow. Most of the questions are answered, which I loved. I like books that wrap up AND have two more books coming out. Yay!
The reason why I didn't give it a 5 is because in some parts, it seemed really fast. One moment it was Halloween, then it was Thanksgiving. A little fast, since if I remember, it happened in a chapter. Ah, well, it worked out in the end. Also, the writing tripped me up at times since it was telling and repeated information, where when most repeat information, I roll my eyes and say, "Yeah, I know, I just read that."
Overall, it's an amazing story and I want YOU to put it on your to-read shelf RIGHT. NOW. Also, that cover? OH MY. It's so pretty! *pets cover*...more
Carrie Harris’ BAD TASTE IN BOYS is a fun, fast read. The hardcover page count is 201, but don’t let that discourage you: it’s the perfect length forCarrie Harris’ BAD TASTE IN BOYS is a fun, fast read. The hardcover page count is 201, but don’t let that discourage you: it’s the perfect length for this book and the pacing doesn’t suffer from it.
The heroine, Kate Grable, is hilarious at times. And I really liked that she wasn’t one of the YA clichés of girls—she actually has glasses. She has epilepsy. She wants to be a doctor. She’s a nerd, plain and simple, and it was awesome. And it so fits for this story. Love!
And the cover is one of my favorite covers. I love the lips and the sugar and the font and the LIPS.
I also really liked Aaron, although I wished we got to know more about him. I hope to see more of him in the sequel!
Just a few problems with Kate/the story:
1. She sounds more like a twelve year old than seventeen. I kept forgetting she was seventeen until she was a) driving or b) reminding readers that she was a senior and seventeen. Given the length and the voice, this would have been a hysterical middle grade and I really wish it was. But it’s not.
2. Through this story, Kate’s football players are falling for her. It’s awesome, but Harris doesn’t explain why finally they’re asking Kate to homecoming or kissing her or grabbing her ass. (Truth.) I still think it’s because they were turning into zombies, but it’s not told straight out why. I wish it was because it’s one of “those problems” in YA—the girl thinks of herself as plain and never going to get a boyfriend but all the guys thinks she’s the most beautiful thing ever. Agh!
But aside from that, I really enjoyed reading Kate’s adventure! I was cheering for her and laughed throughout the book. It’s braaiiin-tastic. ...more
I marked Hex Hall ‘to-read’ on goodreads when I started following Ms. Hawkins on Twitter and saw that her book looked like a fun read. It(4.5 rating)
I marked Hex Hall ‘to-read’ on goodreads when I started following Ms. Hawkins on Twitter and saw that her book looked like a fun read. It is MORE than a fun read! Some of you may know that I fell—hard—for The Vampire Academy series and love love love it. I’m devastated that series is over, and well, I think Hex Hall series is something to help my wounded heart. This book is the funnier version of the Vampire Academy series, even though there is only two vampires that show up in the entire novel.
I loved it right away. Sophie's voice rang loud and clear, and long after I finished it, I was still thinking about it. That's a good book.
My only problem was the plot seemed a little slow in the beginning--the first "blood-curdling mystery" that happens when Sophie is at Hex Hall doesn't happen until a good chunk into the book (150 pages in? 200? I'm not really sure.) And the ending seems abrupt. A VERY small cliffhanger, the ending is, and I'm terrified to read DEMONGLASS because I heard the cliffhanger is huge. And I don't really like cliffhangers. They're evil.
Speaking of cliffhangers, Ms. Hawkins knows how to write them for chapters. This book is a real page turner. To quote Becca Fitzpatrick, "Sophie Mercer has cast a spell on me!"...more
I was hesitant on reading this book at first. I don't normally pick up nonfiction, and ones with such violence as this one. I loved it from the start.I was hesitant on reading this book at first. I don't normally pick up nonfiction, and ones with such violence as this one. I loved it from the start. Gruwell knew these kids were destined to do something great, so she never gave up on them. That's what amazed me the most about her because most of the other teachers did. They figured these kids wouldn't excel.
This book is however a hard one to read. You have to know that these children, 14s to 18/19, whenever they graduate, go through a lot of shit. One kid shoots a friend while messing with a gun. Almost every single one of them has witnessed a death, drug abuse, and/or gang violence. This book also deals with a racial war.
But it's a damn good read, and one I think people should read if they can handle harsh language and the violence these kids go through....more
Think of a book you really enjoyed--a book you sat down to read only a few pages, and got sucked in so much you carried it around with you and woke upThink of a book you really enjoyed--a book you sat down to read only a few pages, and got sucked in so much you carried it around with you and woke up early the next day to finish the last chapter.
That's what happened to me with 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES. I've read a few of Ms. Johnson's books before, and I was shocked I hadn't read this one before. It's just my type of book--I LOVE anything to do with traveling.
13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is available for free (it's legal) download until April 25, the day before its sequel, THE LAST LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPE comes out. The links are here. I downloaded it from Amazon (for the kindle, FYI) because I knew you could have kindle for PC (I don't have an eReader.)
I was sucked into this story so bad I downloaded Kindle for Android (phone) and read at least 75% of it on my phone.
This book was really, really good--I have a few problems with the main character, but her and her aunt's voice were so clear, that it hooked me right away. This book qualified for my five star rating. It also has Johnson's humor shining through, and that's something I love in chick-lit (oh yeah, big time chick-lit book.)
Some readers have problems with this book--and from the reviews on Goodreads, it's because Ginny's parents aren't there--and some will fall in love with it. I did. I hope you do too if you decide to read this book. ...more
I picked up this book because I was in the library and saw it on the shelf.
I will forever remember that day, but of course, not the actual DATE it wasI picked up this book because I was in the library and saw it on the shelf.
I will forever remember that day, but of course, not the actual DATE it was. . .sigh, oh well.
The Hunger Games fits perfectly with me: It has everything I love. Katniss right from the beginning is badass. She's the perfect main character, and I fell in love with her when she decided to take Prim's place in the Games. Love, love, love!
The Games are extraordinary, too. Collins is amazing at writing violence for YA. Gore? None of that. Violence? Yes, but it's necessary. But it doesn't make anybody want to jump into the games, either. Collins found the medium to write it, and she did it damn well.
No wonder every writer who has read this book wants a Hunger Games. I want one too!...more
This book is addicting. I swear Ms. Clifford coated the pages in crack, but she says otherwise. It starts with Eden thinking about suicide while sitting on a beach on a late New Jersey summer day. Az, who is half Fallen, and Gabriel, who is Bound. Az uses a pickup line, but it doesn't work on Eden. The first two chapters grab you (maybe she used crack on the words?) and it's off from there. I couldn't set the book down for more than five minutes without thinking of it and what was happening. This book gets five stars because of that: it made me think. It made me almost cry at the end because it was OVER.
It reminds me of Incarceron a little bit, because it makes the reader learn the world, not the narrator telling the reader about the world. I really like this because it makes my brain actually work and untwist the story as it folds out. There's Upstairs, Basement, Touch, Siders, etc. This isn't just another angel book, it's a kickass angel book with plot twists and a fucking AWESOME author. (I totally fangirl Leah. She. Is. Awesome.)
The twists weren't something I saw coming. I was shocked as they unraveled. I know when I learned about her mysterious death I was left sputtering (and looking like this: O_O).
Although told in third person, it focuses mainly on Eden and I feel like I know her after reading this book. The other characters don't lag either. I feel like I know each of them, which is marvelous. Fantastic characters.
The story is also fantastic. I especially love the worldbuilding. It's such a fresh take on a paranormal world (and in NYC! <3) Eden, after learning she has a special kind of Touch, a power all Siders have, becomes the leader of Manhattan, one of the five territories (five boroughs = five territories.) She keeps her group small, but realizes she needs it to grow in order to defeat the Fallen, whose leader is Luke.
Luke wants Az to fall, and by doing so, he destroys those he loves. Az loves Eden. Yeah, connect the dots.
This book is a heart-breaking adventure. There's a two week gap in the beginning, then a two month gap, but I feel as if I didn't miss anything during those gaps. Clifford shows us what has happened during those gaps, and all it did was speed up the pacing (awesome pacing.)
I do have to say there was a part that jarred me out of the story. Eden is going to a club and it says something about a stamp for underage club goers. This shocked me because it didn't exactly feel like the young adult novels I've been reading lately. It took me a moment to realize that yeah, Eden is a young adult and this book classifies as one. It just shocked me. I was THAT immersed in the story.
And saying that, Eden acts very, very tough. I love her for that. She acts like a leader and I can't wait to see where the sequel goes and how Eden is in that book.
This is a book that some people will love and others will hate. (The Goodreads reviews say so). I highly suggest this book to HIGHER YA readers. I hate saying some young readers shouldn't read this book, but it's a dark book. It talks about suicide, has hot scenes, and language. It is for higher YA readers. If you think you can handle it, what are you waiting for? Get out and buy it! If you love paranormal YA, you'll most likely love this book.
p.s. I have a feeling I've left out a lot of parts in this review. I'm sorry! I didn't want it to get long, and um, well... just read it, okay? *G*...more
Ever since I saw the cover for A Brush of Darkness I wanted to read it. I LOVE this cover. What I love even more is that Abby ifull review over here.
Ever since I saw the cover for A Brush of Darkness I wanted to read it. I LOVE this cover. What I love even more is that Abby in the book has pink hair. And even more love? The book ROCKS.
I was addicted right away. I did read the first chapter a few times, so when I actually read the book, I skimmed the first chapter. I knew I was going to like this book. I knew I was going to like Abby and Brystion and even the pervy unicorn. <3 AND I DID.
A Brush of Darkness is such a fun urban fantasy read. I loved the world-building the most, honestly. The CrossRoads and the Dreaming intrigued me the most, along with TouchStones and KeyStones. And I really liked the paintings that Topher did, well, I liked the idea behind them. And I can’t say much about that because it’s spoilery even though it was such an interesting part of the book. :X
Abby is a hilarious character at times, and she really likes bacon which gives her 1000 brownie points. The entire mood of the book is lighten up because of the things she and the pervy unicorn say, which is awesome. Sometimes you need a laugh when things get dark.
Back to the world-building: The Dreaming. Oh. My. God. That was SO freaking interesting, and now I understand Allison’s website which is called “Heart of the Dreaming.” I’m not going to tell you why, so go read the book. :p You’ll understand then. I just loved the concept of Brystion’s origin and creature and Abby’s dreams and her being a Dreamer. Dreams don’t usually work in books, but for A Brush of Darkness it does.
Since this is an adult book, and Brystion is an incubus, there is sex. And those sex scenes were steamy and hot and I loved it. I read a review where the reviewer says this book isn’t appropriate for YA (which he seems to think it’s labeled as YA) and I just laughed because it SO isn’t. But YA has sex scenes in it, too. I really wanted to drive home the point that this book is adult, not YA for those who have lingering thoughts.
He he he.
A Brush of Darkness is an amazing new urban fantasy series from an incredibly talented new author. I highly suggest readers picking up this one if they love urban fantasy. And the good news is that book two, A Sliver of Shadow, comes out February 28, 2012! YAY! ...more
I anxiously waited for MATCHED once I heard about it. I'm a diehard fan of dystopians, so I reach for all the ones I think are going to be interestingI anxiously waited for MATCHED once I heard about it. I'm a diehard fan of dystopians, so I reach for all the ones I think are going to be interesting. Needless to say, I was scared about this one. I so badly wanted to read it, but I was afraid I was going to not like it because of some of the reviews.
I loved it.
And I'm not sure how I can sum up how much I loved it in a review.
Cassia's world is simply fascinating to me--I'm studying government right now, and we're talking about types of government around the world. I just happened to be reading MATCHED when I was learning about communism and the government in this book is the "perfect" communistic government. No money (because there is no need to trade), the government places where you work (based on what you're "good" at it, I assume), and they even pick who you marry based on genetics. How much you need to eat, how much you need to exercise . . .
There is no freedom, which makes this government the perfect communism.
So what happens when you're matched with your best friend, only to find out later that you're not matched to him, but somebody else?
I guess in a government like this, I would believe the government. And Cassia does for awhile--until she gets to know Xy, the other "matchee."
Zander and Xy are both amazing, and I couldn't decide who should end up with Cassia (Team Everybody!) because they're both so SWEET. But towards the end of the book, I realized I was falling for Xy . . . then I felt bad for Zander! I still can't choose. Maybe in the sequel? Ha!
In the end, I really felt this book was sweet and definitely swoon-worthy. If anybody likes romances or dystopains (or both!), I say pick up this book. You may be as hooked as me....more
I was scared to read this book. I love Shiver and Linger, and I know Maggie Stiefvater can do sick, twisted things to her characters (this is a good tI was scared to read this book. I love Shiver and Linger, and I know Maggie Stiefvater can do sick, twisted things to her characters (this is a good thing, btw.) I was terrified for what could happen before I even cracked open the book.
Then I did and fell in love again, with the wolves, with Mercy Falls, with Grace, and Sam, and Cole, and Isabel. With Stiefvater's prose and the way my head swam when something horrible happened.
And then, I was thirty pages from the end.
And shit hit the fan.
I was terrified. I was scared and yet, I had to keep turning the pages. The entire time I was reading, I kept thinking, "Oh my god, it's like Mockingjay."
Please bear in mind that I loved Mockingjay and thought it was a brilliant way to end a trilogy.
Forever ranks with Mockingjay. It was that good and I still want more, like I did with Mockingjay.
It's hard to finish the last book of a series you love so much. I know it's hard for the author, but I think it's twice as hard for readers who love the series. One of the perks of being the reader is you can reread the series as much as you can. For the writer, once you type "The End" for the last book, that's it. You're done with that series, that magical place. Even though there's revisions and tours to go through, you'll never be able to write for those characters again.
I'm still very much a Maggie Stiefvater fan, and I probably always will be. I can't wait to read more of her works, even though this feels like a sense of goodbye with Forever....more
The Mockingbirds is an unusual type of contemporary read. It deals with rape, but it isn’t the girl coming to terms about being rfull review over here
The Mockingbirds is an unusual type of contemporary read. It deals with rape, but it isn’t the girl coming to terms about being raped—no, the girl gets justice with an elite student group. Themsis Academy is the type of boarding school I’d like to go to, just to be on the Mockingbirds board.
I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t get a copy of The Mockingbirds before, or why I hadn’t read good reviews. I freaking loved this contemporary book. I loved the idea of the Mockingbirds and how they brought justice to the school where the faculty fails to do so. I loved that Casey created the Mockingbirds and that it’s based on How To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Alex is somewhat of a tough girl. There’s a conversation in this book that takes place between her and Martin, one of her friends, and he says she’s tough because she went to the Mockingbirds and she’s bringing justice to Carter. And I think she is a tough girl to a point—I would have rather seen her go to the police than a student group that can’t do a whole lot (even though at times it seem they can.) At least then she would have been tough AND smart, but whatever. If she’d gone to the police, we wouldn’t have a story, now would we?
However, I did like the way the Mockingbirds and Alex brought justice. I liked that there was even a school justice system, lurking underground in the laundry room basement.
What I didn’t like was the romance aspect of this book. I knew it was coming—I so KNEW—and when it happened, I groaned and thought, “No, Alex, noooooo.” I don’t know if it was me who didn’t want Alex, the date-raped girl, to have a relationship in this book or if it really just shouldn’t have happened. I’m not going to say WHO Alex has a relationship with, just that she’s the first to initiate it. She kisses him first, says she wants to kiss him. This happened a month after she’s been raped, and the first time she’s okay with kissing him… but later in the book, she pushes away from him because it reminds her of Carter and what he did to her.
I don’t know, it just felt really awkward and weird to me and I SO didn’t want a romance subplot in The Mockingbirds. And I do see its positive point for the plot: it helps Alex move on from being raped, to get on with her life even though the relationship starts before the trial. It just didn’t do it for me.
The Mockingbirds is a unique contemporary, and I’m dying to read the sequel, The Rivals. If you haven’t picked this one up, do it ASAP. You won’t regret it. ...more
Sarah Ockler's debut TWENTY BOY SUMMER is beautiful. It broke my heart multiple times, but over and over again Ockler mended it while Frankie and AnnaSarah Ockler's debut TWENTY BOY SUMMER is beautiful. It broke my heart multiple times, but over and over again Ockler mended it while Frankie and Anna went through their summer in Zanzibar Bay.
I love that Frankie tries to act smart by using big words, but she mispronounces them and Anna corrects her. Each character has his/hers flaws, but Frankie's really stuck out to me because I love words. (And I did go through a stage of mispronouncing them! But I didn't have a wonderful friend like Anna to correct me.)
Read if you love great contemporaries. Also, if you do read? Get a box of tissues. ...more
So, for those who’ve read my The Fault in Our Stars reviews known I didn’t really enjoy it as much as other people did, but guys, I loved loved LOVED So, for those who’ve read my The Fault in Our Stars reviews known I didn’t really enjoy it as much as other people did, but guys, I loved loved LOVED Looking For Alaska. And the sucky thing about listening to audiobooks while driving is you can’t cry and boy, did I want to cry.
I loved Alaska. I loved Miles. I loved ALL the characters. I especially loved how Miles describes Alaska as being a hurricane. That quote is my favorite. Of all time. Like seriously. Alaska is, without a doubt, one of my favorite characters ever. She honestly stormed into my life, as well as Miles’s, like a hurricane and I was just a drizzle before the rainstorm. Looking for Alaska is a brilliant book that captures your attention and doesn’t let go at all.
But as an audiobook? ICK. I hated the narrator at first. His voice was all wrong for a young adult book, and I just did. Not. Like it. At all. But by disc 2, I forgot about it annoying me because I was so wrapped up in the story.
I really enjoyed THE DUFF--it was a great story, and I liked Bianca, but first things first: What I didn't like.
1. I'm somewhat of a teenager, I'm tuI really enjoyed THE DUFF--it was a great story, and I liked Bianca, but first things first: What I didn't like.
1. I'm somewhat of a teenager, I'm turning twenty soon, so I can kinda connect with the characters, but what is with the abbreviations? NOBODY I know--who is a senior in high school--talks in abbreviations like "BTW" or "WTF." The only abbreviation I know that people talk in is "Lol" because it slips out of my friend's mouth. (So she says.) That really bugged me.
2. Jake: I don't know if I missed it, but WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED BETWEEN THEM??? I did NOT like that what did happen, but after Tiffany talks to Bianca, what does Jake say? I'd really like to know because I'm curious!
And now that's out of the way . . .
Bianca is a great character; I absolutely love that she's not super skinny, super tall, etc. Not everybody is like that, so the fact that she's "the duff" makes this book almost perfect. And I love Wesley--yeah, he's a jerk, but he's also sweet at times. Like he's a great listener.
When Bianca's life falls apart, it makes sense to me that she needs a distraction. I just wish I knew more between her and Jake, but I'm guessing it's one of those questions that won't be answered.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for more Keplinger books. ...more
I didn't know about this book until a few weeks ago. When I did, I fell in love with the cover, then with the summary.Cross posted at A Gypsy Writer.
I didn't know about this book until a few weeks ago. When I did, I fell in love with the cover, then with the summary. I live in Wyoming, and not a lot of books are about Wyoming. After talking with Kirsten Hubbard after I won the book in her first giveaway, I found out this book is based in the county I live in. How cool is that? She even wrote in the book that I was meant to win the book. How can I argue with that?
Hubbard's writing is magical. I was so caught up in the story. The Wyoming wind snapped me up and dragged me into the story. Whenever Grace, the fourteen year old main character, says she wants to be like Mandarin, I wanted to be like Mandarin.
I absolutely love that this books revolves around the winds in Washokey -- mostly because when I got the book, it was super windy, but also because this wind is apart of Wyoming. And it's really important in the book. It drives Grace crazy enough to ruin her shot at winning The Little Miss Washokey, Wyo. Pageant.
Grace's mother is a great example of the winds driving somebody crazy: She attempts to talk in a British accent although she can't and obsesses over pageants for her daughters. And then there's Mandarin, who could be considered crazy due to the winds, or. . .she's just missing something important in her life.
LIKE MANDARIN is Kirsten Hubbard's debut, and wow -- I can't wait to see what else she comes up with because this book is crafted beautifully, it makes me weep. (No, really, it did.)
If you love reading, put this book on your to-read list. It'll be worth it....more
Last year, I read Angelfire in one day. It was filled with action, romance, and with the search of “who am I?” The sequel,Full review over at le blog!
Last year, I read Angelfire in one day. It was filled with action, romance, and with the search of “who am I?” The sequel, Wings of the Wicked, is so much better than the first action and romance-wise, and it’s a whole lot darker (which I LOVE) and it’s just a thrilling read.
Holla! I loved Wings of the Wicked more than I did Angelfire. And trust me, I freaking loved Angelfire. Wings of the Wicked is grittier than the first in so many ways—a lot of those close to her she loses. On page 269, I stared at one tiny little line (one word!) in shock. I thought, “WHY?! WHY, MOULTON, WHY?!) and was absolutely terrified to continue reading… but I was too invested, too hooked in reading this book, that I HAD to keep reading to know what was happening! Then chapter twenty-four happened. Then the ending happened, and dear god, if I don’t have the third book in my hands as soon as possible, I will unleash a heavenly war on earth!
Before I totally spoil Wings of the Wicked for you (I won’t! I promise because this book you want to read UN-SPOILED), I’ll tell you something about the characters: they change. Holy crap. Ellie grows so much as a character from the beginning to the very end. What I will say is she becomes more Gabriel-like and losing her human-ness. That scares me because how is she going to be in the third book? SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TIME TRAVEL AND GET ME THE THIRD BOOK RIGHT FREAKING NOW!
Wings of the Wicked takes the romance on a whole new level. Take about your steamy scenes! Ellie and Will are all business in the beginning of the book and I was about to write some fan fiction full of them kissing. There’s so much chemistry and tension between them that ARRRGH, they SHOULD JUST KISS ALREADY.
And when they do… :winks and fans self:
If you loved Angelfire, you will want this book. If you haven’t read Angelfire, WELL WHY THE HELL NOT? This sequel is sizzling hot, and you better get yourself some copies of the books! ...more